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Edixa Reflex

Edixa Reflex (1957)

Wirgin was founded by Heinrich, Max and Josef Wirgin in 1920. Second class materials, poor quality control and technical "stretching" in abiding of the original construction clinched the unreliability of Edixa and also other cameras made by Wirgin or even related to it. Many of them became un reparable in a short time. It is not right to point the finger of blame to Heinz Waaske the designer of Edixa nor only to Wirgin brothers. The most evident reason was the lack of good materials.
There is always a chance, that you get a sample which you find utterly reliable. The case is same like in the former FSU cameras, the original construction is workable but the method of implementation varies. (More about Wirgin Brotherts on Adox page)

Over 60 different variations of Edixa Reflex were made. All of them had a 42mm lens thread. First model was sold under the name Komet but because the name was owned by an other German company it was quickly changed to Edixa.Westagon

The early models can be recognized for instance the lack of the shutter release lock and the shape of the knobs on the camera top. Initially the camera had different interchangeable viewfinders but in the later models this feature was stripped down. Also the lens supply for Edixa reflex was diverse both in what it comes to variety and quality. The lens in the picture is automatic aperture, Westagon (6 lens,5 group, Ultron type) If not the best cameras, that money can buy Edixa Reflex cameras were relatively popular in the late fifties but, that was the time when Japanese assault to the western camera markets was already on.


Although we can assume that you are familiar with the Edixa Reflex, we think it will help you if we review its features once again.The EDIXA REFLEX is a single-lens reflex camera which has one lens that serves for viewing and focusing, and for recording the image on film.
The accompanying diagram illustrates how the light rays reflected from the subject to be photographed enter the lens, are then deflected by the mirror and are directed on to the ground-glass screen, where they show a trueimage of the subject. This picture can then be focused sharply on the ground glass screen, and you can arrange its composition. During exposure the mirror moves upwards permitting the beam of light to reach the film directly through the slit in the focal plane shutter and thus expose the film. The ground glass screen is interchangeable. In its place, special screens for a variety of purposes (e. g. split-image rangefmder) may be used. For viewing the screen image you have the choice of two removable and interchangeable viewfindersystems: the waist-level finder (light hood finder) or the eye-level penta-prism finder. The camera has a focal planeshutter consisting of two rubberized curtains, one travelling behind the other, in front of the film plane. The exposure time is determined by the width of the slit between the two curtains and by the rapidity of their movement. According to your choice, speeds from Viooo sec. to 1 sec. and B (time exposures) may be set.
A very special and advantageous feature of the EDIXA REFLEX is that it permits you to use a wide selection of lenses. Therefore, you can select the lens most suitable for your purpose, and interchange it at any time: (e. g. standard, wide-angle, telephoto, or other special lenses). Moreover, you can buy another Edixci camera body only, without a lens, and without a finder, for use as a second camera, so that you may have at your disposal two cameras, one loaded with black-and white film in one camera, and with color film in the other. All Edixa viewfinders and lenses can be removed and interchanged at any time, even when the camera is loaded with film. (from the Edixa manual)

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  • Film format: 24mm x 36mm
  • Picture size 4,5x6cm and 6x9cm
  • Lens Isco Göttingen , Westagon 1:2 / f=50mm
  • Lens Mount 42mm lens thread
  • Shutter: Mechanical cloth focal plane shutter,
    1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 and B
  • Flash: Standard F and X synch
  • Metering: none
  • Finder: Waist level viewfinder (Interchangeable)
  • Battery: none
  • Weight ~850g with the lens
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